On our trek today, we will hike on the Money Trail as we explore that the value of life is not diminished regardless of its condition.
Do you wonder what life is like money relates to? It is not about having a significant amount of money, and it isn’t about having a great big bank account so you can do whatever you want.
Value Beyond Crumpled And Wrinkled
Instead, life is like money because, barring destroying it with fire, it always has value, no matter how crumpled it is, how used it is, or if it is stained with coffee or magic marker or crayons used by a child thinking it is something to draw on.
Life is something like money in that you still have value no matter how many times you have been downtrodden or how often you have failed in your attempts to excel at a certain sport or how many times you have failed to succeed in starting a successful business.
Who You Are Matters More
The bright spot here is that your value does not come from what you have or what you own or how many homes you have around the world or any of these materialistic things. Your value is who you are not what you have.
Value Behind Bars
Even if someone is in prison for committing crimes against humanity, it does not lessen his or her value at all. To me, it doesn’t matter what criminal activity brings a person to prison. Instead, it is more about the value of the person within.
For a lot of prisoners, even when they are released, they wear the stigma of being a convict for the rest of their lives because they saw no value in themselves.
Failure Does Not Diminish Value
Many people who have failed often devalue themselves thinking that their failure demonstrated that they should never think of having more than they have had in the past.
Unfortunately, these types of people do not learn the most valuable lesson there is and that is failures are your best teacher.
The point is to learn from mistakes, take out what was done right, and then incorporate that planning and thinking into the next business or life event. I remember the story of a guy who started a small pre-cooked meal business hoping to move away from his current job that he loathed.
When this business did not produce the results he wanted, he just plain and simply gave up trying or even thinking of another business he could start that would move him to where he wanted to be. Would you say that this person devalued their ability to succeed?
Real Value Established Through Living to the Fullest
The value is in the person; the value is in the quest to move beyond that which comes easy; the value is who you are through hard times, and the value is also who you become when you surpass your own expectations. Do you want to be more like money?
Even if you are still unconvinced of your value after this, realize that in God’s sight you are more valuable than any other part of creation. Luke 12:6-7 tells us, “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
And Luke 12:23-25 tells us, “For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
Today we looked at how life is like money and when we realize that our lives are valuable regardless of who we are or what we have accomplished, we will become valuable. God always sees us as valuable. The lessons that we can learn from each other are also valuable, so encourage your friends and family to join us each day on our Wisdom-Trek Podcast.